ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR DAVID DUFFY graduated MBBS University of Queensland 1984; PhD 1994. Neil Hamilton Fairley Fellow at Johns Hopkins University 1994-1996; NHMRC Research Fellow since 2000; currently Senior Research Fellow B in Genetic Epidemiology Laboratory QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute.
A/Prof Duffy has been involved in epidemiology and especially genetic epidemiology since 1988. His main areas of research have been the genetics of allergic disease and skin cancer, twin research (on a wide variety of topics), and statistical genetics.
CONTRIBUTION TO FIELD OF RESEARCH
A/Prof Duffy’s expertise is the appropriate design and analysis of genetic epidemiological studies of complex phenotypes - mainly common chronic diseases. The other strand is his knowledge of the epidemiology of the conditions he studies. This means he contributes to the overall design of the study, including choice of diagnostic instruments, identification of candidate genes, selection of appropriate SNPs and markers, diagnosis of genotyping problems and pedigree errors, production of software tools to carry out analysis, the actual linkage or association analysis, the interpretation of results and writing of papers.